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We made it to and from the WWII Show Opening at the Automotive Museum without seeing a drop of rain anywhere. (Pictures from the show later.) We woke this morning to glorious wetness everywhere. All those brown lawns will be thinking green for a short while. The succulents will love it.
This is a desert something everyone forgets or didn’t know. Our acres of green lawns and parks are now going the way of the dinosaurs. The orders are out. No more lawn watering…not even two minutes three times a week. Even city parks can no longer water their greensward's. Brown is in. Brown should have been in all along, actually.
When the United States took over California in 1848, the first survey of water in the California Basin was completed. Soon a canal was built that began to drain first Owens Valley then Mono Lake toward Los Angeles. By 1908, William Mulholand and a syndicate of friends convinced Lost Angeles and President Roosevelt that without an aqueduct, Los Angeles would die.
The water canal and the two aqueducts began draining the waters of northern California and the Colorado River. Soon, Mexican water dried up too and we were responsible. Now with the low snow pack of the last few years, none of us will have the water we have depended on since the 1920’s.
We all will have to change our water habits. Brown lawns. Using our low water usage dishwashers every other day will become the norm. Paper plates too. Dry tooth brushing. Laundry? Perhaps it won’t be as clean. It’s an ongoing thing here, and I will let you know how we go.